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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Meteorologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Cookies (Chocolate Chip), Ice Cream (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
National Parks
Favorite Quote:
Have a wonderful day. This is your day to make a difference.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1970
Birth Location:
Silver Spring, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Meteorologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Cookies (Chocolate Chip), Ice Cream (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
National Parks
Favorite Quote:
Have a wonderful day. This is your day to make a difference.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1970
Birth Location:
Silver Spring
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Biography

Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. As a child, he loved sports, math and science. His early fascination with weather caused him to earn his B.S.E. in meteorology from the University of Michigan in Ann, Arbor in 1992. He then went on to receive his M.S. degree in meteorology in February 1995 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the supervision of Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel, his masters’ thesis entitled “The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere” examined a one hundred year behavior period (1890-1990) of the total mass of the atmosphere. He concluded that the total atmospheric mass decreased over this time period.

In 1995, he started his career as a meteorologist at the local NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. He also worked in Maryland as a research scientist with the Biosphere and Planetary Sciences branches of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Center for Environmental Protection. In 1996, he worked for NBC and CNBC Europe covering weather throughout Europe and North Africa. In 2000, he joined local Fox affiliate WUPW-TV in Toledo, Ohio as their chief meteorologist and served as a freelance meteorologist for CNN and CNNI in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he became a meteorologist and reporter for WDIV-TV (NBC) in Detroit.

In addition to his work in meteorology, Humphrey holds numerous awards and distinctions. He received the Community Service Award from the National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ) in 2000. The Detroit City Council awarded him with the 2006 Spirit of Detroit Award for his community service. In 2009, he won an Emmy for weather anchoring from the Michigan Chapter of the National Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. While at WDIV (NBC) in Detroit, he received the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist distinction. Humphrey also earned certification in Motion Picture Production by the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan.

He was the founder and co-chairs the Digital Journalism Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); is Past President of NABJ’s Detroit chapter and Board Member of FIRST (Robotics) in Michigan and the Detroit Science Center; and was an active leader and team member of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan’s Alumni Leadership Council, the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Andrew Humphrey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 25, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his mother's life in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Andrew Humphrey describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his father growing up in North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his parents and about dance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Andrew Humphrey talks about being raised in an interracial family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Andrew Humphrey describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Andrew Humphrey talks about life in the Maryland and Washington, District of Columbia region
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his love of football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Andrew Humphrey talks about growing up as an only child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his early school days
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his childhood interest in science, math and meteorology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Andrew Humphrey talks about what influenced him during his teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Andrew Humphrey remembers the increasing presence of African Americans in the media during his formative years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Andrew Humphrey describes his decision to become a meteorologist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Andrew Humphrey describes the social and political climate of the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Andrew Humphrey talks about Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to win the Super Bowl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his early interest in meteorology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Andrew Humphrey talks about studying at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Andrew Humphrey talks about the anti-affirmative action legislation, Proposition Two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Andrew Humphrey talks about the Multicultural Engineering Program Office at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his college experience and remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Andrew Humphrey talks about his decision to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Andrew Humphrey discusses his thesis, 'The Behavior of Total Mass of the Atmosphere'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Andrew Humphrey describes his experience with students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Andrew Humphrey describes his introduction to broadcast meteorology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Andrew Humphrey describes a typical day as a television meteorologist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Andrew Humphrey talks about weather patterns and global warming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Andrew Humphrey discusses the economic and political lessons of Hurricane Katrina